The British Book Awards 2020:  Small Press of the Year

The British Book Awards 2020: Small Press of the Year

Small presses from Hebden Bridge to Cardigan have made it onto the regional shortlists for The British Book Awards’ Small Press of the Year, which returns in 2020 for a second time, and is sponsored by CPI Books.

Veteran publishers Sandstone, Carcanet, Lilliput and Wordwell feature on this year’s shortlists, alongside newer ventures, including a raft of children’s publishers, such as Monkey Blue Press (based in Enniskillen), Little Door Books (Argyll) and Scallywag (London). Brand new 2019 arrival Boldwood Books is also shortlisted for the award, alongside fellow newbie Hera Books, both based in London.

In total, 40 publishers are shortlisted across the English regions, and Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, including past regional winners Charco Press and Parthian Books (see the full shortlist below).

Philip Jones, chair of the judges and editor of The Bookseller, said: “For a second year, this shortlist shows how publishing is thriving across the regions and countries of the United Kingdom and Ireland. The shortlist shows companies every bit as dedicated to their authors as the bigger publishers and with some notable success stories contained in their submissions. It is our pleasure to platform their hard work once again.”

The regional and country winners will be announced on 20th March. The overall winner will be announced at The British Book Awards on 18th May 2020. 

Bath-based publisher Wild Things won the inaugural Small Press of the Year award in 2019. 

East/South-East
Dedalus Limited
Strangers Press (UEA Publishing Project) 
SRL Publishing 
UIT Cambridge / Green Books 
Boiler House Press (UEA Publishing Project) 
September Publishing

Ireland
Tramp Press 
Wordwell Group
The Lilliput Press
New Island Books
Monkey Blue Press 

London
Boldwood Books
Henningham Family Press 
Hera Books
Jacaranda Books Art Music 
Penned in the Margins 
Tiny Owl Publishing
Out-Spoken Press 
Scallywag Press 

Midlands
Butterfly Books
Candlestick Press 
Otter-Barry Books
The Pound Project 

North
Bluemoose Books  
Carcanet Press 
Comma Press 
Dead Ink 
Fly on the Wall Press 
UCLan Publishing 
Smokestack Books 
WatAdventure

Scotland
Charco Press  
BHP Comics 
Little Door Books 
Sandstone Press 
Scotland Street Press 

South-West
From You To Me
Really Decent Books

Wales
Firefly Press
Parthian Books